Richard Childress Racing continues its dominance in the NASCAR Busch series as Clint Bowyer won the Bashas 200 at the Phoenix International Raceway.


Bowyer, who started second took the lead for the first time on lap thirty –four by passing pole sitter Kyle Busch. Bowyer would swap the lead four more times and lead 120 laps on his way to his first win of the season and fourth of his career.

Bowyer, who was dominating the final half of the event lost the lead to Matt Kenseth with thirty circuits reaming but dueled with the Wisconsin driver eventually passing him on lap 187.

As the race closed, Stephen Leichts brought out the final caution of the night setting up a six lap shoot out with Bowyer besting Kenseth to the line as the track went yellow as JJ Yeley and Jon Wood crashed in turn two.

“He was doing a great job on the bottom. I couldn’t run down there”, noted Kenseth who felt the team never had enough to take on Bowyer.

Bowyer did not see it that way. “Man, that thing was just way too close there for a long time”, he exclaimed.

Finishing behind the front two were Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin and points leader Carl Edwards.

The highest finishing Busch regular was Timothy Peters who finished thirteen.

Pole sitter Kyle Busch led a total of thirty three laps before falling back and eventually becoming involved in a crash with Ryan Newman on lap 101. Busch who has a series high for laps led (532) has been unable to seal the deal and find victory lane in 2007.

The race saw nine lead changes among six drivers and was slowed ten times for caution.

Carl Edwards extending his championship points lead over second place Dave Blaney to 424 markers.

Next week the series heads to Talladega Alabama for the Aarons 312 where Martin Truex Jr is the defending race winner.

Race Notes

A crew member for Fitz Racing was hit by JJ Yeley on pit road during the event. The team member, Jason Miller was hospitalized overnight but released the following day.

All teams displayed Virginia Tech decals on their cars in tribute to those slain in the recent tragedy. Teams will continue to display the decals through the May fourth event at Richmond Virginia.

Cicci Racing has stopped operations due to lack of sponsorship funding. The team which has operated since 1988 competed in the first five races of the season, but shut down before the Texas event. In nineteen years of competition, the team has nineteen wins, and fourteen poles.

The win at Phoenix was the fourth of the season for Richard Childress Racing and the twenty first series victory going back to the April of 2005 Bristol race (seventy-three races), giving the team a better that twenty-five percent winning average.